Newsletter from the PTA President

September 28, 2016

 

    I recently read a blog post about how September is the worst month ever. At the end of summer, we all celebrated the school year starting and celebrated our children being with another adult for 7.25 hours a day, five days a week (THANK YOU TEACHERS). Then the reality of September hits: setting the alarm and reminding them gently (or yelling, if you ask my daughter what it’s called) to “GET UP!”; multiple sports practices, games, and tournaments; multiple extra curricular activities-Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, tutoring, community service, church groups, and the list goes on; making school lunches EVERY SINGLE DAY; homework and the tears that go with it; all the forms and payments (yearbook, spirit wear, PTA membership, Mako Foundation, Near and Dear Fundraiser, and so much more); back to school events (back to school night, picture day, and the PTA meeting). Yet, here we are, September is almost over and we made it. Congratulations!

    Now that it is officially fall, we are beginning to look forward to the fall events. I am so excited for what October has: Book Fair (October 10th-14th), Reflections Art Contest Submission Deadline (Friday, October 14th),  Red Ribbon Week (October 22nd-31st), Reflections Art Gallery and Reception (Tuesday, October 25th), our next general association PTA meeting (October 27th at 8:30 AM (location to be determined)-okay, I’m not as excited about that as I am about the other events, but it’s still important!), Halloween (did you notice, there is no school on Halloween because of parent-teacher conferences?), and I’m excited that the MAKO Foundation is bringing back the Monster Mash on Friday, October 28th. That’s a lot for one month! I wish I could say we could relax after the tough month that was September, but I’m not sure when I can relax again? June 1st (until the first fight of summer breaks out)?

    Before I recruit more volunteers, I wanted to thank the people that have gotten us here. Everybody on the executive board has been amazing and supportive, you can check out their pictures on the vdmpta.org website (and even send them a message by clicking on their name). Our spirit wear committee did a fantastic job this year! Cruz Piantka, Joanna Larson, and Adria Fleming have worked hard since last spring to bring you these great shirts. Spirit wear orders have concluded, but fear not, we have ordered extra shirts in the most popular youth sizes. Once the shirts come in, you can buy them at select Friday Flag Ceremonies (find us on Facebook to know when),  PTA general association meetings, and other PTA events. Katie Mitchell has done a great job not only with her treasurer duties but with the www.vdmpta.org website. Hopefully, you have checked it out. Christina Supran is working daily on getting your membership benefits ready for you (it’s never too late to join) and she has been helping Jennifer Mundl in the library daily. Without Jacqui Johnson and Sanam Favrow, I would be lost as to what is going on in the middle school side and leaning on their experience in PTA with the many questions I have. Jennifer Mundl has been a great support to me as Executive Vice President and has been working hard getting the library ready (she donated her time the first month of school and has recently been hired, thanks to the MAKO Foundation). Jenny Flagler and Lindsey Veale have scheduled our assemblies for the year and found a new one for us, look forward to “The Bully Dudes” in February. We are off to a great start with box tops and dine out week, thanks to Nancy Nicolosi ($500 was raised at Ball Park Pizza in September); Reflections planning has begun (thank you Leslie Votava); Renee Foley has worked with the Jack Randall Photography Fundraiser, the refreshment table looked great at the September PTA meeting thanks to Erika Zuvic, and I can’t wait to see this year’s yearbook once again, being chaired by Leah Wellikson. Amy Walz, Jaime Gomez, Wendy Sevilla, Katie Calkins, Michelle Fornalski, Olivia Winner, Shannon Munson, Myka Boyd, and  Michelle Harrison have all stepped up to help me on the board and have helped me in my first few months by doing a great job in their roles and being a support person to me. Well, I hadn’t meant to thank every single person on the board, but once I got started, I couldn’t help myself. I really want them to know I appreciate each and every one of them. Thank you for reading this far (and yes, I’ve been told I’m long winded).

    Lastly, we are recruiting new and experienced volunteers! My goal this year (besides making it to the end of the school year still smiling) is to recruit more of you to help. If everyone can help a few hours, it greatly decreases the amount of time the chair people have to commit. The following are areas where we need volunteers:

  • Chalkboard signs-we need a few people with artistic skills (or at least neat handwriting) to write out our signs

  • Reflections Committee-we will need help getting the reception ready and/or helping the day of the reception

  • Giving Night-within Giving Night (December 9th) we will have various committees to help plan each portion of the night

  • Anti-Bullying Committee-we’d like to expand on the Blue Ribbon Week and really offer resources and events to the school community to help teachers, staff, parents, and students with bullying

  • Near and Dear Delivery Help on November 15th-16th

  • (Everyone’s favorite) Carnival-we have several committees forming to help break the biggest volunteer roles up into manageable tasks.

    If you feel you have special talents or connections that are willing to donate their time, services, products, or sponsor an event, please contact as well. It takes a village, and the Vista del Mar village is a wonderful village to be a part of. I am so thankful that we landed here and am a part of it.

 

   Thank you for reading to the end. If you made it this far, have your child(ren) write on a piece of paper their favorite PTA event or program (you may need to research our website to see what our PTA events and programs are). Be sure to include their name, grade, and teacher’s name on it and I will enter all names in a raffle for a small gift (donated by me). They can turn in the entries to the office in an envelope with my name on it, send me a message through the vdmpta.org website or send me a message through Facebook. All entries due by October 7th (first Friday of the month).

 

Erin Naylor

PTA President

2016-2017

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